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  • World War II hero who drove tank through gate of Dachau concentration camp dies at 95

    10/17/2020 4:37:21 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 76 replies
    al.com ^ | October 16, 2020 | Greg Garrison
    World War II hero Jim Feezel from Alabama, who drove a tank through the front gate of Dachau in Nazi Germany to liberate prisoners at the infamous concentration camp, has died. James Martin Feezel died on Thursday, Oct. 15, according to Roselawn Funeral Home in Decatur. He was 95. In a video interview project by Gary Cosby Jr. with The Decatur Daily in 2015, on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Feezel recalled the moment his commanding officer told him to break through the gate at Dachau on April 29, 1945. “We were facing the front gate at Dachau...
  • Phantom Fortress: The Crewless Landing of a B-17

    10/16/2020 11:35:27 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 27 replies
    War History Online ^ | 1/29/19 | Christopher Hoitash
    On November 23, 1944, a Royal Air Force antiaircraft unit stationed outside Cortonburg, Belgium observed a B-17 Flying Fortress flying towards them. The massive U.S. Army Air Forces bomber approached at high speed with its landing gears down. With no landing scheduled, the base personnel presumed it was an emergency landing situation and reacted accordingly. The Flying Fortress proceeded to execute that emergency landing by plowing into a nearby field. Having just barely avoided crashing into the unit’s guns, the aircraft’s landing was so fast and uncontrolled that the propellers snapped off and both wings slapped into the earth during...
  • Video shows biggest WWII bomb found in Poland exploding while being defused

    10/13/2020 6:32:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    nbc ^ | 10/13/2020
    More than 750 people had been evacuated from the area near the Piast Canal outside the town of Swinoujscie where the Tallboy bomb used by Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) was found. It weighed nearly 12,000 lbs, including almost 5,300 lbs of explosive. "The deflagration process turned into detonation. The object can be considered as neutralized, it will not pose any more threat," Second-Lieutenant Grzegorz Lewandowski, the spokesman of the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla, was quoted as saying by state-run news agency PAP. "All mine divers were outside the danger zone."
  • Biggest World War Two bomb found in Poland explodes while being defused

    10/13/2020 11:33:05 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 76 replies
    reuters.com ^ | OCTOBER 13, 2020 | Reuters Staff
    The biggest World War Two bomb ever found in Poland exploded under water on Tuesday as navy divers tried to defuse it. More than 750 people had been evacuated from the area near the Piast Canal outside the town of Swinoujscie where the Tallboy bomb used by Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) was found. It weighed nearly 5,400 kg, including 2,400 kg of explosive.
  • The Candy Bomber, Gail Halvorsen, turns 100

    10/10/2020 10:26:46 AM PDT · by Borges · 32 replies
    Outer Banks ^ | 10/10/2020 | Neel Keller
    Born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1920, Gail Halvorsen was the second of Basil and Luella Halvorsen’s three children. Growing up on the family’s farm in Garland, Halvorsen graduated from Bear River High School in Tremonton. “Working on our small farm,” Halvorsen recalled, “I was the only tractor my dad had. This was during the Depression, of course, so we didn’t have any discretionary money. We did have a lot of love, though, and plenty to eat. We had no idea we were ‘disadvantaged.’ “In the springtime we had to thin the sugar beets, and that was a hard...
  • The Prelude to World War II: The Spanish Civil War and Today's America

    10/01/2020 9:28:31 AM PDT · by ammodotcom · 23 replies
    Ammo.com ^ | 10/1/2020 | Sam Jacobs
    America is definitely not Europe, but we can find a number of parallels between European history and contemporary America. For example, we’ve previously written about the Italian Years of Lead as a possible template for urban unrest and low-level inter-tribal warfare in the United States. Another example of how things might play out in the United States is the Spanish Civil War. The Spanish Civil War is known to historians, amateur and professional alike, as the “dress rehearsal for the Second World War.” It is so termed because it pitted one side – which was equipped, armed and funded by...
  • M1911 takes down an Enemy Plane

    09/30/2020 4:54:13 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 14 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/30/20 | J Carson
    A War Story for the Ages - During World War 2, the 7th BG's 9th Bomb Squadron was dispatched to destroy a railroad bridge at Pyinmana, about halfway between Rangoon and Mandalay and near two active enemy fighter bases. The formation was led by Col. Conrad F. Necrason, 7th BG commander. The B-24 on his right wing was piloted by 1st Lt. Lloyd Jensen whose copilot was 2d Lt. Owen J. Baggett. On that mission, Baggett was to earn a distinction believed to be unique in Air Force history. Before reaching Pyinmana, Burma, to destroy a bridge, the American B-24...
  • The Babi Yar Massacre: Too Terrible to Describe

    09/29/2020 12:11:46 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 39 replies
    berlinspectator.com ^ | Sep 29, 2020 | Imanuel Marcus
    In 1941, German soldiers murdered more than 30,000 Jews from Kiev within one and a half days. What took place at the Babi Yar gorge was one of the most horrific massacres of all time. Berlin, September 29th, 2020 (The Berlin Spectator) — Eight decades ago, the Wehrmacht, Nazi Germany’s army, was busy attacking and conquering the better part of Europe while murdering millions of Jews and members of other minorities in its death camps, forced labor camps and in massacres on streets, in woods and at other locations. Can it get any worse than shooting people on the street,...
  • The First Battle of Savo Island

    09/26/2020 10:40:51 AM PDT · by NRx · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | 09-23-2020 | Drachinifel
    An excellent video covering the First Battle of Savo Island in the Guadalcanal Campaign. Not our Navy's finest hour, but we learned some hard lessons that would serve us well in the future.
  • Arsenal of Democracy Flyover -Live

    09/26/2020 8:37:10 AM PDT · by VanShuyten · 4 replies
    Arsenal of Democracy Flyover ^ | 9/26/2020 | Arsenal of Democracy Flyover
    Live broadcast of takeoffs of the large variety of aircraft used in WWII. "Approximately 100 World War II aircraft will take to the sky in historically sequenced warbird formations. These formations will fly over the Washington Mall in two minute intervals. The formations will represent the War’s major battles, from Battle of Britain through the final air assault on Japan, and concluding with a missing man formation." https://ww2flyover.org/flyover-formations/
  • WWII plane flyover canceled

    09/25/2020 8:13:21 AM PDT · by VanShuyten · 14 replies
    WTOP ^ | 9/25/2020 | Niel Augenstien
    UPDATED at 10:37 a.m. 9/25/202: The Arsenal of Democracy Flyover scheduled for Friday morning over the National Mall has been canceled. “Well, we tried, but we never got the weather visibility we needed for the #ww2flyover so today’s flight is off. The weather was supposed to clear in time but it never cooperated with us so we will try again tomorrow at 11:30am EDT. Stay tuned for announcements in the morning,” a message on the group’s Facebook said.
  • These WWII Facts Will Give You a Different Perspective

    09/22/2020 7:55:17 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 73 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/22/20 | K Eppes
    Historian John Keegan words on World War II, was "the largest single event in human history," a conflict "fought across six of the world's seven continents and all its oceans. It killed 50 million human beings, left hundreds of millions of others wounded in mind or body and materially devastated much of the heartland of civilization." Much have been analyzed and explored from numerous angles in history books, films and art. Common figures and events are familiar to the average high school student who is buried in the history books. This era is filled with complex and endless fascinating stories...
  • Lost World War II Submarine Is Found in Southeast Asia

    09/21/2020 10:37:42 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 32 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/21 | Derrick Taylor
    In the murky waters of the Strait of Malacca, about 90 miles south of Phuket, Thailand, four divers discovered a World War II submarine that was scuttled 77 years ago, now teeming with marine life. The wreckage, believed to be the USS Grenadier, was located last October by divers Jean Luc Rivoire, Lance Horowitz, Benoit Laborie and Ben Reymenants, the team announced this month. Over the subsequent six months, the men — one of whom, Reymenants, assisted in the 2018 rescue of the boys’ soccer team that was trapped in a cave in northern Thailand — completed six carefully planned...
  • 75 years ago, World War II came to an end

    09/02/2020 4:52:26 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 88 replies
    Today, September 2, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the day Imperial Japan signed the Instrument of Surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
  • 12-Year-Old Jewish Hero of WWII

    08/27/2020 8:51:31 AM PDT · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Aish.com ^ | August 17, 2020 | Dr. Yvette Alt Miller
    One of the many remarkable heroes who helped the Jewish people during World War II is also hardly known. Mordechai Schlein, known as “Motele”, was just a 12-year-old child when he became a hero of the resistance, fighting Nazis with incredible courage and resolve. In the 1930s Belarus was home to many vibrant Jewish communities. A heavily wooded country in Eastern Europe, Belarus today is a prosperous nation of nearly 10 million. Even today, Yiddish is one of the country’s recognized minority languages. Motele Schlein was born in 1930 in a small Belarussian town called Karmanovka. There were only two...
  • Merkel Irked by US Troop Withdrawal [semi-satire]

    08/24/2020 1:24:34 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 August 2020 | John Semmens
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is furious at President Trump for his decision to reduce the number of US troops stationed in Germany by 12,000. "I find his assertion that it is time that Germany start defending itself rich with irony," Merkel said. "Not too long before the US occupation German troops were defending a large portion of the European continent from foreign invaders. The stability of that situation was disrupted by the violent intervention of the United States and its allies. The destruction of our army left us defenseless. As the chief architect of that disaster it is America's responsibility...
  • Japanese municipality holds benefit to commemorate savior of JewsJapanese municipality holds benefit to commemorate savior of Jews

    08/22/2020 3:04:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/8/20 | Cnaan Lipshitz
    A municipality in Japan celebrated the 80th anniversary of the rescue of Jews by a local diplomat with a bake sale. The benefit, which began this week in Japan’s Gifu district, will continue until Sept. 10 and its proceeds will go toward commemorating Chiune Sugihara’s actions in Japan, Lithuania and beyond, Kyodo News reported Thursday. The district had planned to hold a benefit concert but had to switch to an online sale of cupcakes because of social distancing measures connected to the coronavirus. From July 18 to Aug. 28, 1940, Sugihara, an intelligence officer and consul serving in Lithuania, issued...
  • The Welshman With a Massive Arsenal of Wartime Weaponry in His Barn

    08/21/2020 3:44:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    WalesOnline ^ | 18 AUG 2019 | Nathan Bevan
    Llewelyn Pritchard's collection of World War Two weapons earned him a knock on the door from the FBI when Barack Obama visited NewportWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time. It was back in 2014, not long before Barack Obama flew into Newport as part of the Nato Wales summit, that Llewelyn Pritchard got a knock on the door. Men in dark suits...
  • 1978: Antonina Makarova, Nazi executioner

    08/10/2020 8:26:39 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 4 replies
    ExecutedToday.com ^ | August 11, 2008 | Headsman
    On this date in 1978, a young Soviet girl’s desperate collaboration with the Wehrmacht caught up with a 55-year-old mother. A village girl and the first in her family to go to school, young Antonina Parfenova was dubbed “Makarova” (after her father, Makar) by a teacher when the girl forgot or was too shy to say her surname. This childhood switcheroo would follow her into adulthood and ultimately buy her half a lifetime and a family to mourn her. At 19, she had moved to Moscow when the German onslaught against the Soviet Union erupted, and like many young people...
  • When Poland Saved Europe

    08/10/2020 6:26:51 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 89 replies
    The Daily Chrenk ^ | Aug 10 2020 | Arthur Chrenkoff
    A hundred years ago this week, a series of biggest battles that Europe were to witness between the end of the First World War in 1918 and the beginning of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 decided the fate of the continent as much as, if not more than, the Great War itself. In early August 1920, the newly resurrected, independent Poland saved the Eastern Europe, Germany and possibly the rest of the war-exhausted Europe from the triumphant Russian communism. As a result of a little known war in the distant corners of the continent, the status quo of the...